RVP: Will he really go or is he doing a Rooney?

By Daniel Cowan
In Arsenal
Jul 4th, 2012

Okay, quick post today.

Robin Van Persie has said on his official website that he will not be extending his contract. Here is the official statement from his site.

This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr. Gazidis and Mr. Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what’s really going on at the moment.

As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.

I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.

I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last 8 years. As soon as Mr. Gazidis is back from his 2-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.

It strikes me as odd that someone who is claiming to have respect and loyalty for the club would come out with such a disrespectful statement.

I personally do not think that Robin is a bad guy and do not honestly believe that he would leave for another Premier League club, I really cannot see it. I also have it on good authority that he only wants to go to Barcelona.

The theory is that his statements earlier this year about all of the assists he was given and the understanding he had with Cesc and Afellay was not a subliminal message for Wenger to buy Afellay but dropping public hints that he wants to join both of those players in Barcelona. His statement may be an attempt to make this happen.

I find it odd also that his statement has come closely after statements from Wenger and Peter Hill-Wood saying that he is not for sale.

Many find it odd that he doesn’t think the club is moving forward with the signings of Giroud and Podolski and that it is ironic that him trying to force a move is exactly the reason we struggle to move forward every summer.

I don’t find it odd that he doesn’t think we are moving forward because in his mind we haven’t truly replaced Cesc and maybe he feels that signing strikers isn’t going to make much of a difference when we don’t have a midfield with as much class as he believes we used to.

I have another theory. It may be considered weak by those that are utterly convinced that Van Persie is on his way out but I stand by it.

I haven’t seen one thing today from anyone who believes that RVP’s “move” isn’t money motivated and this is where my theory stems from.

If indeed his motivations are money oriented perhaps he is doing a Rooney?

You may remember a while back Rooney going public with his desire to leave United as he didn’t feel they had shown enough ability to compete. You may also remember that a short while after that he signed a bumper new contract.

I think that Robin may be doing something similar. Arsenal have said all along that they cannot afford £200k a week and they’ve also been saying that they will not sell Robin Van Persie and Wenger has also said that he will not sell to City again. If we take at least one of the last two statements as true it means that Robin will not join City no matter what.

His only other choices are to go abroad or try to join Chelsea. Would he want to join Chelsea considering how bad they were in the league? Sure they won the Champions League but it’s a cup competition and they aren’t guaranteed to be able to compete for it next year. I actually think Chelsea is more likely and I give that about a 5% chance of happening.

The interest from abroad seems very minimal so with recent statements about his future from the club he may feel a little trapped as I don’t think he has any cards to hold. That being I think he has decided that the best way to conduct business is to try to get more money from Arsenal or call their bluff on selling him. His statement does both and to me is exactly what Rooney did.

He questions the clubs ability to compete and they try to convince him with a sweeter deal.

Lots of the fans feel he owes the club because of his injury record but I don’t believe he owes us anything. We take the risk of every player being injured whilst we continue to pay them and pay millions in insurance every year for such situations. Robin’s appearance record before January 2011 was 39%. That means he appeared in 39% of our total matches. That’s clearly a very poor return on investment but it doesn’t tell the whole story. He was out top scorer in 3 of his 8 season with us and that is with only 1 full year of fitness so he has clearly be influential.

I’m not going to do a Piers Morgan and blame the club and the board but they have clearly been working hard to get good players in and clear out the squad (I’ve heard that a few deals are to be announced in the next 30 days with regards to players going out) so the club are trying to move in the right direction.

In this case I blame Robin for the contract situation but I don’t feel he should sign out of loyalty. I think he should sign because we’re the best place for him.

I’ve been positive all year that Robin is staying and maybe my theory is a last-ditch attempt at trying to avoid eventual and unavoidable heartbreak but I’m still not convinced that we will sell him this summer.

That said I wouldn’t be surprised if he went on strike to force through a move. Not because I think he is a complete git but because I’m sure he’s not going to want to stick around when he sees the abuse that has been pouring in from the Arsenal fans.

And there was me thinking that class was permanent.


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6 Responses to “RVP: Will he really go or is he doing a Rooney?”

  1. Dan Ricketts says:

    I have to admit and say I am not surprised by todays statement and I can see where he is coming from if you look at Arsenal’s record over the past few years where we have been getting further away from the top of the tree but this is a very strong statement from the club captain and does seem to be a bit disrespectful despite him saying on more than one occasion about showing respect. I don’t think anything will happen now over the next 2 weeks (why is a Chief Exec on holiday at this time??) so we await developments with interest. However, if he will not sign he should go now instead of for nothing in a years time. But what now of Walcott? Wilshere even? It is a worry that we cannot keep our best players and even though people say we will be in a good position business-wise when the Financial Fair Play regulations come in what sort of on-field position will we have by then?

  2. nish says:

    feel devastated !
    never expected this out of RVP !
    always thought of him as a man of integrity,morals,loyalty and ethics !

    alas ! how wrong i was !

  3. ketose says:

    Yes its hrtbroken 2 hear vp confirm he wont b extending his contract bt de truth is dat arsenal 4 de past yrs hav nt shown de ambition 2 win trophies if dis statement can make dem change de philosophy nd buy quality players i believe vp wil do a u turn nd extend his contract. Mvilla, nd any gud midfielder nd defender nd he wuld sign

  4. Dan says:

    Interesting stuff mate, I reckon he WILL go to Chelsea before this windows shuts, initially I thought he’d follow the other mercs over to City but I think he does actually respect the club and fans just enough to spare us that all over again. Maybe all that “We love London” stuff from him and his family was a subtle hint that he’ll still be playing in London?

  5. […] So,as you’ve heard,RVP,Captain Vantastic,Scores When He Wants etc,has announced that he will not be signing a new contract.His statement is here–>http://northlondonisred.co.uk/rvp-will-he-really-go-or-is-he-doing-a-rooney/#more-941 […]

  6. lilmountain says:

    Respect for the club isn’t necessarily respect for the people currently running the club. We should be signing first and dropping dead weight later. What if we drop a bunch of players then (as usual) get outbid for our target signings and are left with a lack of backup players (crap or otherwise)?
    Overall the board is not working nearly hard enough, look at what Chelsea have done with their time already. Signed Hazard, Marin and Hulk, still pursuing Van der Wiel and Modric. Comparee to us signing two players who are conviently potential replacements for our captain, then making pathetic bids for any star midfielders and now don’t seem to be pursuing anyone anymore.

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